With Plovgh, you discover which farms’ crops are in shops and markets near you. Learn about the farm’s agricultural practices, the quality of that particular harvest, and other details that you’ve never had before when it comes to direct trade crops. Get started at Plovgh!
Production of our popcorn was cut by over half last year due to the drought. Northeast Iowa, where I farm, was hit the hardest last year by the drought. This year we had a record wet and cold spring which then turned into a “flash drought”. At this time Northeast Iowa, although still dry, is the wettest part of Iowa. Our yields should only be slightly below trend line.- A conversation with Jim Fitkin of Fitkin Farms in Cedar Falls, Iowa earlier this season
It’s true: Farmers tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to money. They have the hardest job on the planet but because they’re at the foundation (read, bottom) of the industrial food chain, they’re typically the last to get paid. Not only do they just make $0.11, on average, for every dollar of food you purchase, but they also wait weeks - sometimes, we hear, even months - to get paid for their work.
But seed needs to be planted! Land needs to be tilled! Farmers themselves need to be fed! What an abomination.
We at Plovgh have a mission to keep independent farms viable, and we accomplish it by making it possible for any farm to sell directly to its customers. Farms that sell their harvest through Plovgh set their own prices and get paid 24 hours after they deliver their crops to you.
We’re pleased to have found in Dwolla compatriots in the battle to take down all the giants that stand between a buyer and seller. Now, using Dwolla Credit on Plovgh, you can place an order from a farmer today, receive your harvest and get him paid tomorrow, and only part with your own cash at the end of the month. Check it out, for your own good and your farmer’s.
When you register on Plovgh, use the discount code GoDwolla to get $10 toward your first purchase from the farms!
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This might not look exciting but @plovgh just delivered a lot of local produce to us! We’re really excited to unpack locally grown chives, cipollini onions, red leaf lettuce and potatoes!
We’re offering up a more lively tradition this Thanksgiving with turkeys from Fitzgerald Farms in Upstate New York.
The turkeys, plucked just two days before delivery, are farm raised in an open-air environment and sustain a diet of all-natural and hormone-free feed from Connecticut Feed Co-Op. By the time of harvest, the birds will weigh a plump 15 pounds and can feed 10 to 12 hungry guests.
The farm is taking turkey orders on Plovgh through Friday, November 16. The birds will be delivered on Tuesday, November 20 – just in time to start that extra slow roast. Pickups can be made between 5 and 8pm at either Dandelion Wine in Greenpoint or Plovgh HQ in East Williamsburg.
In the last two weeks there has been an incredible number of self-organized efforts that have emerged to bring support to some of the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Plovgh too felt the urgency to jump in and help in a way that we best know how - connecting farms and people.
We held our first Plovgh volunteer day last Sunday in the home kitchen of the Rose Water chefs, and coordinated produce donations from some of our farm friends. (A big thank you to Brooklyn Grange and North Fork Egg Farm for their contributions!) We had over forty people volunteer their time, and more folks are continuing to reach out and ask how they can help.
That was just the beginning of the stories that began to unfold.
A friend wrote to us that he had meet someone named Chris Dalton owner of Dalton’s Seaside Grill while out volunteering in the Rockaways and told us how they had a buffet set up out back of the restaurant and were feeding volunteers and locals. The food had been cooked elsewhere and delivered and they were heating it up on a sterno to feed people throughout the day. Did we know of anyone making prepared food in bulk that could help out? We put them in touch with Food Not Bombs and the next day meals were being delivered out to Dalton’s to feed the community.
This week Kassy at Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership wrote to us that their farm stand had been canceled due to the Nor’easter that blew through yesterday and told us that they had produce they wanted to donate. And then this happened:
Not only was a farmer able to salvage the crops that had been harvested for the farm stand, but the volunteers at Occupy Sandy were able to get more food for their kitchens and continue cooking meals.
It’s super exciting to witness these connections and the collaborations that they spark which ultimately result in people getting fed. If you want to get involved check out these opportunities to volunteer or drop us a line.
It’s that time of year! Crops are transitioning to cold weather, our focus is converging on the harvest, and to commemorate all these strange shapes and colors coming out of the ground, we invite you to share your favorite crop photos.
Post your crop photography by way of your preferred social network and be sure to tag your photos with #cropspotted.
We’ll be highlighting the community favorites on our blog, so be sure to follow along here!
Harvest. Prepare. Distribute.
Thanks to the folks at Wassaic Community Farm for having us over this weekend!
Blonde Redhead - Spring and by Summer Fall
Kale: $4.00/bunch limited availability
10 oz bags of frozen vegetables: $5.00
2011 harvest from Taliaferro Farm, Evolutionary Organics, Amba Farms, Gill’s Farm, Hepworth Farm, Veritas Farms and Bradley Farm, all practicing certified organic or Certified Naturally Grown
Butternut squash puree
Steak and ground beef: $9.00-$24.00
Pasture raised at Sugar Hill Farm
Pork, bacon, and sausage: $9.00-$11.00
Pasture raised at Sir William Berkshire Farm
Whole chicken (approximately 3 lbs): $15.00
Raised free-range at North Wind Farm
Maple syrup and honey: $6.00-20.00
Hudson Valley Harvest - Hudson Valley, NY
Network of independently owned local farms
Pickles: $8.00/16 oz
- beets with allspice and ginger
- carrots with ginger and cinnamon
- dill pickles
- dill carrots
- pickles with orange zest, pink peppercorn, and chili
Bitters: $12.00/4 oz
- anise and clove
- lavender cardamom
Partners Trace - New Paltz, NY
Six-acre practicing-organic flower, herb, and vegetable farm
Yellow popping corn: $3.00/2 lb bag
Fitkin Farm - Cedar Falls, IA
Family farm growing sweet and popping corn